Merriam Park to Chestnut Street

At Merriam Park (MP 416.0), there is a wye junction with the Minnesota Commercial Railroad's line from the north, with the single-track, CTC, line heading east-southeast with speed limit 40-25, bridging over I-94 at an acute angle, turning south and then east, bridging over I-35E at another acute angle, as the line descends to the Mississippi River valley, and turning east-northeast at Fordson Junction (MP 412.0), where the UP (ex C&NW) Mankato subdivision comes alongside on the south side before connecting in at the crossovers at Chestnut Street (MP 411.2).